John, the first time I saw this post I must have had my glasses off and wondered why you posted that first shot with the smudge. As someone who has used a Q with a telephoto, I salute your efforts and results.But gear lust is fun though, right?
"I'd be a ____ photographer if only I had ____!"
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I've fallen repeatedly for this false premise. And it's sometimes hard to discern lust from need. And the hunt is fun!
To end the month, a couple of photos where the gear does matter!
July 21, 2020
Went out in search of Comet Neowise but the northern skies were cloudy. Turned around and saw Saturn. Pentax Q-S1, 55-300mm zoom @ 300mm (1395mm eq), ISO100, 0.5s
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Saturn in the Southern Sky (cropped) by John Flores, on Flickr
January 21, 2019
Went into the backyard to capture the Super Blood Wolf Moon with the Pentax Q1
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Super Blood Wolf Moon (Pentax Q-S1, 55-300mm zoom @ 200mm (940mm 35mmEQ), ISO1600, 0.5s) by John Flores, on Flickr
Ended up with more than I bargained for! Look closely at around the 8pm position:
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Meteor impact during Super Blood Wolf Moon by John Flores, on Flickr
Pentax Q-S1, 55-300mm zoom @ 300mm (1410mm 35mmEQ), ISO800, 0.25s
Total dumb luck that I photographed a meteor impact on the moon!
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Meteor impact (closeup) during Super Blood Wolf Moon by John Flores, on Flickr
Fun challenge - I enjoyed seeing everyone's photos!